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Pickering waterfront

Why Visit Oshawa-Durham?

This area is the eastern end of the Golden Horseshoe manufacturing belt around Toronto (with Canada's major General Motors auto plant, right in Oshawa), but is best know for its Lake Ontario vistas, its access to the wine-making district of Prince Edward County (jutting into the middle of the Lake), and the lake-strewn cottage country of the Kawarthas and Halliburton (leading up to Algonquin Park).

Oshawa has a population of over 140,000 and lies 60 km east of downtown Toronto, and is part of Durham Region which has 560,000 residents living along Toronto's eastern edge. Oshawa sits on Highway 401 connecting Toronto to Quebec and the Maritimes, and is the doorway to Ontario's Kawartha Lakes cottage country.

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This area has recently become urbanized and has a number of communities in close succession, travelling east from Toronto are Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Uxbridge. These communities are both "bedroom communities" for Toronto and manufacturing centers in their own right. East of Oshawa are Bowmanville. , Port Hope, Cobourg, Trenton and Belleville. Just south of Trenton and Belleville is the Prince Edward County, a tourist mecca also becoming famous for its vineyards.

To the north, in the Kawartha Lakes region, which forms the backbone of the Trent-Severn waterway are the communities of Scugog-Lindsay and Peterborough. These communities are both manufacturing centres, regional shopping clusters and doorways to nearby recreational cottage country. In between these communities is farmland prized for its access to Toronto markets and area highways.

Old heritage house in Oshawa

The area began to be settled by European immigrants after the American Revolution, when many British loyalists were granted land in Upper Canada along the shores of Lake Ontario. Later immigration of Irish followed by relocated French Canadians was supported by early industrialization.

By 1853, the Port of Oshawa was established, followed shortly by the construction of the Grand Trunk Railway connecting Toronto and Montreal. In 1858, the Oshawa Manufacturing Company grew into the largest producer of agricultural implements in Canada, followed in 1876 by McLaughlin's carriage works, which grew into todays' General Motors of Canada. The area developed into a significant industrial region during World War II, and has never looked back.

When the 401 and the St Lawrence Seaway were built in the 1950s and 1960s, market access let to further economic growth. More recently the addition of GO Train enabled these communities to be affordable bedroom communities for those working in downtown Toronto.

Away from Lake Ontario, along the recreational Trent-Severn Canal, lies a large "cottage country" region, which encompasses Lake Scugog, Rice Lake, and the Kawartha Lakes. Homes along or close to waterways and lakes have high recreational value to nearby city dwellers. Harwood-Apartments in Ajax

Today the Oshawa-Durham region has lots of variety in employment, with both blue collar and white collar options, and has excellent access to public and post-secondary education in the community.

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Oshawa-Durham Communities Map

There are many communities around Oshawa, along the east-west Highway 401 (which IS NOT the Trans-Canada) roughtly following the lakeshore, and further north to the Kawartha cottage country extending north ot Algonquin Park.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsMcGowan Lake Campground

72 acres of varied terrain with large sunny or shaded lots. Weekend activities, horseshoes, volleyball, arcade, sandy beach, store, laundry, fishing, two playgrounds, showers, dumping station, recreational hall

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsTipper's Family Campground

ipper's Family Campground is a seasonal, and overnight, family campground located in the Land O' Lakes Region. We are located on the Skootamatta River, with 3,000 feet of water frontage. Midway between Toronto & Ottawa on Highway 7.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsBeavermead Family Campground

Located on beautiful Little Lake in the heart of Peterborough, Beavermead Campground has 98 individual sites, 46 un-serviced and 52 serviced (hydro and water) as well as 1 group site

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsEdgewater Trailer Park

Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsSuper 8 Ajax/Toronto

64 guest rooms, indoor Pool & hot tub, meeting room , ContinentalBreakfas, restaurants nearby, 25 inch TV, free high speed internet

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsLacey Estates Vineyard & Winery

Come and visit us in the newest Ontario Wine Region. Our wines are handcrafted using only Ontario grown grapes. We are a family owned and run Vineyard & Winery.We will be open to the Public May 2009

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsAvis Rent A Car

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsHertz Canada Ltd

Great cars. Great rates. Great Srvice. Hertz is the preferred car rental company of CAA. Free customer pickup & return, Unlimited km rates. One-way rentals. daily, weekly, weekend rates.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsPeterborough Kartways

Peterborough Kartway will be offering open kart practice, a full arrive and drive kart series as well as family concession karting at our facilities for the 2014 season.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsReliable Car and Truck Rentals

We Are #1 in Customer Service! For your convenience when you need a vehicle, Reliable Car and Truck Rentals makes sure you are back on the road quickly. Our representatives pick you up from your home, body shop or office at no charge.

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